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Cubans say Barack Obama's victory might ease tensions
The official midnight television news early Wednesday made brief mention of Barack Obama's historic victory, but many Cubans already knew.

The TV set above the bar at the Hotel Presidente was tuned to the Spanish-language CNN broadcast all day, with workers stopping by for election updates.

When the network declared Obama the winner late Tuesday, there was, for a brief moment, a cheer from the crowd of workers and guests gathered around the bar.

"A black man in the White House," said Felipe Hernandez, 57, who stopped at the hotel for election news. "I didn't think that would happen in my lifetime. Let's see what he does."

19 Nov 2008 by admin

'New president' won't bring change to U.S.
Fidel Castro said late Friday that the election of a new president will not bring change to the United States, but failed to mention Barack Obama by name.

In an essay posted on a government-controlled website, the ailing 82-year-old former president scoffed at any notion communist Cuba will "transition" toward capitalist reforms and promised to watch closely as leaders from around the world gather in Washington this weekend to discuss the global financial meltdown.

19 Nov 2008 by admin

Cuban ethanol boom doubtful after Castro exit
Cuba will only jump on the ethanol bandwagon if it can produce the biofuel from sugar cane as a by-product that does not affect its sugar output, local experts said on Friday.

Fidel Castro's retirement this week fueled speculation that ethanol could become a billion-dollar export industry for the cash-strapped communist country under his brother Raul Castro.

The younger Castro, who is expected to be confirmed as Cuba's new leader on Sunday, is considered less ideological and more pragmatic than his brother, and has indicated an interest in drawing more foreign investment in recent speeches.

03 Nov 2008 by admin

Fidel Castro compares Hurricane Gustav to atomic bomb blast
Hurricane Gustav hit Cuba like an atomic bomb last weekend, said the island's ailing former leader Fidel Castro. In a commentary published under his name in the Communist Party daily Granma on Wednesday, Castro said the storm caused damages estimated at many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This amount would be needed only to satisfy the most elementary needs of the population, the 82-year-old former president said under the headline “A Nuclear Blow.”

03 Nov 2008 by admin

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